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Beef Chili with Beans

Beef Chili with Beans

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215 review(s) averaging 4.7. 92% would make again

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This chili with beans and meat recipe is a favorite in our house, and can be seasoned to taste to create a mildly flavored dish or one that is extra hot for those who enjoy some additional spice. As is, this chili is not too spicy but has just enough kick and the ingredients that go into it, give it teriffic depth of flavor.

"What an easy recipe! I made this chili several times since I first joined a year ago, and I only just remembered to leave a review today. It is wonderful. Not too thick, not too thin. My favorite ingredient is using the roma tomatoes I'm growing in my garden. And the aroma of the combined spices when it is cooking uncovered is just incredible. As a single person, I cut the recipe in half and still have at least two servings of leftovers that I can freeze and enjoy whenever I want. Highly recommended."

- Analyst01


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2 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
2 cups onions; chopped - cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 cup bell pepper; chopped (red, yellow or green) - cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons garlic; minced (or pressed through garlic press)
4 tablespoons chili powder; (Spice Islands brand adds great flavor)
1 tablespoon Ground cumin
2 teaspoons Ground coriander
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
2 pounds ground beef; (preferably coarse ground & 85 percent lean)
2 15-oz cans red kidney beans; - drained and rinsed
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes; - with juice
1 28-oz can tomato puree
table salt

Original recipe makes 8



Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed nonreactive saucepot or Dutch oven mediun heat. When oil is shimmering, add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, and cayenne. (Dry seasonings are added at the beginning with the onions so the spices release their oils and the vegetables have enough time to absorb all the flavors.) Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and lightly colored, about 10 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high, add half the beef and lightly season with about 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, roughly 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining beef and lightly season again with about 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, another 4 to 5 minutes.

Add beans, tomatoes and their juices, tomato puree, and about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue to simmer for another hour, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender and chili is slightly thickened (if chili begins to stick to bottom of pot, stir in 1/2 cup water and continue to simmer). Taste and, if necessary, adjust seasoning with salt. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day. To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with your favorite condiments.

Makes about 8 to 10 servings.

Slow Cooker:

Cook vegetables and meat as directed above then add cooked meat mixture to a slow cooker; stir in the beans, diced tomates, tomato puree, about 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook on the high setting for 4 hours.

Cooks Notes:

If you're a fan of spicy food, try using a little more of the crushed red pepper flakes and/or cayenne...or maybe add a couple seeded and diced jalapeno peppers.

The flavor of chili improves with age. So, if possible, make it one to three days in advance and reheat before serving. Leftovers can be frozen for up to a month.


A good bowl of chili is not complete without its condiments. Some good choices for condiments include sour cream, your favorite shredded cheese(s), diced fresh tomatoes, chopped green onions, chopped red onion, diced avocado, chopped cilantro leaves, sliced jalapenos, hot pepper sauce and, of course, Fritos!


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Best chili recipe I have found. Thanks
mandringa 1 month ago
Love it, wouldn't change a thing! Made it just as the recipe, only doubled for a crowd
kellyjeanbean 1 month ago
Actually used as base and tweeked it and changed a little and have won chili competitions. Check out barleys bar in council bluffs ia facebook and see. Good chili
hoppens82 1 month ago
deathcabforashy 4 months ago
Both the wife and I really enjoyed this recipe. I see it being the basis for me to use (and possibly evolve) for many years to come.
Sembazuru 5 months ago
Great balance of ingredients. Love the bell peppers!
Tmac123 5 months ago
Very good. :)
valturnbull 6 months ago
Very good! I used ground turkey added a hint of white and brown sugars. We ate over rice and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. Will definatley make this again!
mogriff1 6 months ago
liked the addition of cumin and coriander in this familiar recipe
TMcR 6 months ago
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